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id caadria2008_57_session6a_472
authors Prats, S. Lim, M.; S. Chase, S. Garner
year 2008
title Sketching in Design: Formalising a Transformational Process
source CAADRIA 2008 [Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia] Chiang Mai (Thailand) 9-12 April 2008, pp. 472-478
summary The process of sketching can support the sort of transformational thinking that is seen as essential for the interpretation and reinterpretation of ideas in innovative design (Suwa 2003). In this paper, the initial outputs and findings of an ongoing project called Design Synthesis and Shape Generation are described based on experimental investigations of the mechanics of sketching from practicing architects and industrial designers as they responded to a series of conceptual design tasks. Preliminary analyses of the experimental data suggest that the interactions of designers with their sketches can be formalised according to a finite number of generalised shape rules. These rules formalise the transformations and reinterpretation of shapes for example through deformation or restructuring.
keywords Sketching; Exploration; Computer supported design; Shape rule
series CAADRIA
email m.prats@open.ac.uk, s.w.garner@open.ac.uk
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